The film to which Pain and Glory has been most extensively compared is Federico Fellini’s 8 1/2, the Italian director’s genre-bending, meta textual examination of a filmmaker crafting his most ambitious project to date. Both films are excellent, but the comparisons prove to be something of a dead end; Fellini was more preoccupied with the process of filmmaking itself, while Almodovar is interested in exploring the human factors that would inspire somebody to tell a story in the first place.
Released in 1987 and directed by Pedro Almodovar, Law of Desire won 10 awards including Best Feature Film at Berlin International Film Festival and Best Feature at San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. Shot in Andalucía and Madrid, the film stars Eusebio Poncela, Carmen Maura and Antonio Banderas.
Released in 1993 and directed by Jonathan Demme, Philadelphia is about an HIV-positive man fired from his law firm because of his condition, trying to earn justice. The film won many awards, including an Oscar and an Academy Award for Tom Hanks for his leading role. Shot in and near Philadelphia, the film features actors Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington.